West Essex SCITT

The Department for Education accredits Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust (EFSPT), operating as West Essex SCITT, for the delivery of initial teacher training (ITT).

Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust and our partnership schools believe that teaching is an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. Our vision is to offer the highest standard of education for all, both in our local community and the wider area.

Our teachers are excellent practitioners and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and vision with the next generation of teachers. Trainees consistently evaluate our pastoral care and support as a particular strength of the programme.

This course will be based in one school for the majority of the year with a short second placement in a contrasting school setting. Our main training centre is based at Alderton Junior School in Loughton. We also hold training sessions at a variety of venues across Epping Forest including Epping Forest Museum, Copped Hall in Epping and at other partner schools. Our training is delivered by a range of expert facilitators from across our partnership.

The majority of our partnership schools are accessible by Central Line Tube, Overground or major bus routes.

Our completion and employment rates are in line or above the UK sector benchmark year-on-year. Many of our trainees go on to secure full-time teaching positions within the Epping Forest Schools Partnership Trust. We work in collaboration with Saffron Teaching School Hub. For 2024/2025, West Essex SCITT is also the accredited ITT Provider for courses delivered by FIPC (Hazelwood Schools).

Areas covered

Epping Forest, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Hertfordshire, East London, North West Essex and West Essex

Core training in and around Epping Forest


Primary 4-11


Fee funded leading to QTS

Fee funded leading to QTS & PGCE

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